CANDIDATES’ DINNER

Proposers and their Candidates are invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Club at which several members of the General Committee will be present. This will give candidates the opportunity of meeting both members of the Committee and other Savilians.


SAVILE SCIENCE – PROFESSOR DAVID HAY on HUMAN ORGANS ‘HOT OFF THE PRESS’: SCIENCE FICTION OR BECOMING A REALITY?

Dave is the Professor of Tissue Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2000. Following this, he undertook post-doctoral projects at Roslin Institute and the University of Edinburgh, before starting his group at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine in 2008. Dave has worked in the field of stem cell biology and differentiation for over fifteen years. He and his team have highlighted the important role that pluripotent stem cells have to play in modelling human liver biology ‘in the dish’ and supporting failing liver function in vivo. The impact of this work has led to a number of peer-reviewed publications, regular appearances at high profile conferences, licensed patents and company formation.

Chairman – Savilian Ken Allen

BORDEAUX WINES AND DINNER – LEFT OR RIGHT BANK

We continue our annual wine tasting dinners with a tutorial tasting of Bordeaux.  We will explore the two sides of this wine growing area – the left and right banks.  Robert Hayward of Hayward brothers (one of our major suppliers) will lead this evening.


A HOROLOGICAL EVENING – ‘PERFECTION AND SIMPLICITY’ THE WATCHES OF A. LANGE UND SÖHNE AND THEIR PLACE IN GERMAN HISTORY

A talk by Jeremy Barlow, to include watches from his collection. Followed by dinner with an appropriately Germanic menu.

The firm of A. Lange und Söhne now rivals Patek Philippe for a prime position in the luxury watch market. Founded in 1845 by Adolf Lange in the small Saxon town of Glashütte, the company soon established a reputation for superb quality timepieces. Other manufacturers were attracted to the town and for many years production of pocket watches boomed. After World War One however the industry suffered as it failed to respond to rising demand for wristwatches and several firms went out of business, especially during the period of hyperinflation in the 1920s. But Lange survived, and in the Second World War the firm’s pocket watch movements were used to make outsize wristwatches for pilots and observation watches for the navy.

After the war, Glashütte found itself in East Germany and the firm of Lange was subsumed, along with other manufacturers in the town, into a state-owned entity known as GUB (Glashütte Uhren Betrieb); Walter Lange, great-grandson of Adolph Lange and head of the firm, fled to the West. Quality deteriorated, but after re-unification in 1989 Walter Lange, now in his seventies, returned to Glashütte and in 1994 re-established the firm that thrives today. The watches of Lange and Glashütte thus reflect aspects of twentieth-century German history.£

DINA DUISEN & MARTIN JAMES BARTLETT – MUSIC FOR PIANO FOUR HANDS

Kazakh-British pianist Dina Duisen was born into a family of musicians in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She studied there and in the USA before completing a Master of Arts Degree in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music and graduating with distinction. She is a major prize-winner at many piano competitions, including the 29th International Piano Competition in Senigallia, Italy, the Shabyt International Competition, the National Competition of Kazakhstan and the International Musician of the 21st Century Competition. Dina has also participated in a number of international music festivals in Europe, the USA and Asia, including IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses and Open Chamber Music, Rome Music Festival and the Oxford International Piano Festival. Twice Dina was one of eight pianists selected to participate in Sergei Babayan’s International Piano Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Dina gave the Asian premier of Mazurkas by British composer, Thomas Adès. She has been the resident class pianist for violin and viola classes at IMS Prussia Cove and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, currently working at the Royal College of Music. Last year Dina joined Sinfonia Cymru for Twisted Rhythms: Mark-Anthony Turnage Birthday Concert at the Vibrate Festival. Dina was invited to join the Mercury Quartet for a concert at George Enescu Festival. Dina has performed at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, at Milton Court, at the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as the 20th Anniversary Concert of the Oxford Piano Festival. In October, 2018 she made her debut at Cadogan Hall in a dramatised concert ‘Byron: Angel & Outcast” with actors Simon Russell Beale and Rob Heaps, the concert is scheduled in Kazakhstan this September. She regularly plays with Chris Richards (principal clarinettist, LSO), the BBC Young Musician of the Year – Martin James Bartlett (piano). 

Dina has released her solo debut album Mazurkas from Chopin to Adès which was recorded at Kings Place with the Grammy-award winning producer Andrew Keener.

Martin James Bartlett has performed in recital and with orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cheltenham Town Hall. He has also performed internationally across France, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Russia and the USA. 

Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014, Bartlett’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre. He is a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music.

In 2016, he performed at Her Majesty, The Queen’s 90th birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul’s Cathedral. Most recently, Bartlett made his Japanese debut performing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor, under the baton of Sir Bernard Haitink.

Programme: 

W.A. Mozart Sonata for four hands in D major, K.381/123a

E. Grieg Peer Gynt Suite, Op.46, no.1 

C. Debussy The Petite Suite, L.65

P. Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty (selection), arr. by S.Rachmaninov£